Uncle Syd's death was not totally unexpected. After the death of his sister Eleanor JONES last year, he had suffered a stroke and his recovery in hospital was delayed by a fall, then pneumonia, followed by surgery to rectify a blocked artery. After he was finally allowed to come home, walking with the aid of a cane, he never seemed to regain his previous energy. Gradually losing his mobility and his will, it would soon have been necessary to enter a care home, something Uncle Syd did NOT want to do. So he was ready to go.
Photos of Syd and his family adorned the room and attracted a lot of attention. One of the three composite posters focused just on his great-grandchildren. There were also a few old pictures from his youth, including one with his maternal grandfather and namesake Sydney RICHARDSON. I hadn't seen many of them before, and were wonderful reminders of his long life well lived.
Syd was born 3 May 1929, the son of Harry Charles ANDREW and Eleanor Louise "Nell" RICHARDSON. His obituary was published in the Cowichan Valley Citizen on 26 May 2016:
Sydney William ANDREW 1929-2017
Passed peacefully at home, on Thursday, May 25, 2017 after suffering a stroke one year ago. He is survived by his wife Barb, son Bill (Sherry), daughter Jody (Pierre Meunier), grandchildren Kevin, Richard, Nicole, Travis and Jace, five lovely great grandchildren, as well as many nieces & nephews. Syd was the youngest of seven children. He is predeceased by his parents Harry & ‘Nel’ Andrew and his six siblings: George, Mabel, Dean, Harriet, Al and Eleanor. He was born in St. Eleanor’s, Prince Edward Island and moved with his family to Vancouver Island. Syd was a mechanic by trade and operated Andrew’s Service Station for many years before going to work at the Crofton Pulp Mill until he retired. He also was a volunteer firefighter with the Duncan Fire Department for many years and always enjoyed the camaraderie of his fellow firemen. Another interest was golf, though a terrible golfer, he enjoyed his time at the Cowichan Golf Course. A short service will be held at the Duncan Fire Hall, 468 Duncan Street, on Thursday, June 1st 2017 at 2pm followed by refreshments. FIRST MEMORIAL FUNERAL SERVICES Duncan, B.C. 250-748-2134 Condolences may be shared online at www.firstmemorialfuneral.com